Trend Alert: Black Summer?

What: Style-setting New Yorkers have had enough of summer lightness it seems, reverting to a warm-weather take on basic black.

What the fashion heads say: This from the New York Times Fashion and Style section: “New Yorkers have switched from light summer clothes to their annual black August .. …”

What I say: As much as I love color it’s almost refreshing, at this point in the season, to give the eyes a rest with with a tried and true neutral. The trick is to keep the fabrics light (cotton or a summer knit) and the styling season-appropriate (sleeveless with sandals and hair up). A great end-of-summer sale option? This feminine trapeze dress is a steal at $15 on clearance at Old Navy – work it loose, or belted.